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BRIEF REPORT
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-131

Outbreak of ocular toxoplasmosis in Coimbatore, India


Department of Microbiology, Aravind Eye Care System, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Manikandan Palanisamy
Aravind Eye Care System, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu - 641 014
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.25839

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Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite that infects up to a third of the world's population. Infection is mainly acquired by ingestion of food that is contaminated with oocysts. We report an outbreak of ocular toxoplasmosis, which is an acute acquired type rather than reactivation of congenital toxoplasmosis. Our preliminary investigation points to municipal water contamination. This outbreak only proves the need of an effective public health system and health education in curtailing any outbreak.


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